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No-sew

Put the needle and thread away: No-sew projects are a crafter’s delight. With just a few materials, you can easily hand make everything from tote bags and clothing to napkin rings and slippers. Take your pick from our collection of no-sew projects and let your creativity flow.

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Our stark yet stylized bird costume is easily put together with just a few simple embellishments attached to an ordinary black hoodie. The hooked beak is made of stiff black felt, as are the mischievous eyes. Feathery fringe sewn on the arms creates tufted wings; feathers arranged around the eyes give the raven a tousled look.

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Instead of wrapping a wineglass in hastily procured cloth, couples in a Jewish celebration might create an elegant no-sew bag to hold the stemware for the glass-breaking ritual. The fabric can be matched to the look of the ceremony, and the bag should keep shards from flying helter-skelter. Choose a heavy material (we used floral brocade). A remnant from the bridesmaids' dresses is also a sweet idea. And the glass? A thin one that the groom can easily crush underfoot gets our stomp, er, stamp of approval.